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Published May 30, 2012, 02:41 PM

Pipeline company building oil rail export terminal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved the site plan for a new Berthold facility to load oil onto railroad cars.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved the site plan for a new Berthold facility to load oil onto railroad cars.

The Enbridge pipeline company is building the terminal. Enbridge already has a Berthold station for loading oil into pipelines, and the network is expanding.

Enbridge is spending $102 million to build the rail loading terminal for oil exports. The price includes the cost of land and new storage tanks and piping. North Dakota has almost a dozen rail terminals for loading oil.

Public Service Commission Chairman Tony Clark says about one-quarter of North Dakota's oil exports are shipped by rail, because pipelines can't handle it all.

Clark says railroad transport is more expensive than pipelines, but he says the railroad offers some flexibility that pipelines don't.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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